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Rebecca Carroll

Senior Correspondent Before joining Government Executive’s editing team, Rebecca Carroll wrote and edited for The Associated Press in Washington, New York and Bangkok, and for National Geographic News. She also was a Peace Corps volunteer in China, where she returned to study at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in English and Philosophy.
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November 11, 2014 The Disease Detectives CDC’s intelligence officers were on the case even before the Ebola outbreak made headlines. By Susan Fourney Imagine having a job and not knowing where your next commute will take you or what will be expected of you when you get there, and if the work doesn’t ...

Pentagon Casts Wider Net to Avert the Next Ebola Before It Arrives

November 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon is looking for organizations that have never done business with the government to weigh in with biological technology solutions to tomorrow's problems -- including Ebola and whatever infectious disease threat comes next. In an effort to expand the pool of applicants for research funds, the Defense Advanced Research ...

Why Did This Federal Lab Pay 42 Different Prices for the Same Computer?

November 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy Department could save $2 million a year by better managing its information technology hardware, according to the agency’s inspector general. One of the problems uncovered by the watchdog is a wide variation in the prices the department pays for the same technology across and even within agencies. The ...

An Outdoorsy Plea for Open Federal Campsite Data

November 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Data covering federal camping sites is only a small part of an enormous contract the Forest Service is putting together for management of its Recreation.gov website. But that data is top of mind for Hipcamp, a campground search engine that pulls information about sites from publicly available data. Hipcamp founder ...

White House Challenge: Make Our First 3-D Printed Christmas Ornament

October 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A White House competition for the best 3-D printed holiday ornaments launched Thursday. And it’s not even Halloween. Apparently there are currently no 3-D printed ornaments in the White House collection, so yours could be the first. You don’t need your own 3-D printer. Just send in your design (try ...

Republicans Target Tech Official to Link Obama to HealthCare.gov Woes

October 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Republicans have formally subpoenaed the former federal chief technology officer, the latest step in a continued effort to link the White House directly to alleged security holes in the Obamacare website. Arguing that former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park misled Congress when he said last year that he ...

Anyone Ever Done This Before? Patent Office Turns to Crowdsourcing

October 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office wants advice on the best way for experts in industry and academia to help application examiners determine if inventions are truly novel. Specifically, the agency is seeking suggestions on how to structure a procurement strategy from companies that are “capable of electronically receiving and ...

More Federal Employees Are Teleworking More Often

October 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The number of federal employees who telework is up slightly this year, according to a major survey released Friday. Feds who reported they telework three or more days a week (4 percent), those teleworking one to two days a week (10 percent) and those who telework only rarely (11 percent) ...

How the Government Spent $103 Billion in Just 2 Months

October 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nearly 40 percent of publicly disclosed fiscal 2014 federal contracts were awarded in October 2013 or September 2014 -- the first and last months of the fiscal year -- according to an analysis posted Wednesday. Awards in these two months alone had a value of $103 billion, or 38 percent ...

IRS Agrees It Wastes Money on Software -- But Not That Much

October 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service concedes its mismanagement of software licences has wasted millions of dollars, but the agency takes issue with just how many millions auditors claim have already been needlessly spent. Last year, the IRS’ software habits got dinged by examiners who suggested the agency needed a system to ...